Gramps

Gramps had been getting worse over the past few months. Aunt Janet called and left voicemails. She went on about his most recent falls and the toll it was taking on Nan. She said she had to lug him out of bed sometimes when he got confused. It was getting to be too much. I... Continue Reading →

Metrics

I found Kurt in the breakroom, discussing the perks of yoga with an intern. I rolled my eyes. “Kurt, let’s go. The MASH meeting has started.” “Oh, is it Thursday, already?" he said with a smile. "Well, I’d hate to miss such an important matter." A slight bow to the girl. "Namaste, my dear." I... Continue Reading →

15:48

My mother took her life on a park bench. It made the evening news. They spoke of tragedy, witnesses, of what drove her to such desperation. Sitting on the same bench, I wonder if the breeze gave her a chill or if the squawk of the geese reminded her of grandma’s pond. I hope her... Continue Reading →

The Resolution

Mom warned me about meeting him. She said he was fool's gold. She said he was all sparkles and promises, always on the cusp of something big. I wanted to tell her it had been ten years and he’d had a lot of time to change, but what was the use? So I told her... Continue Reading →

The Gift

On the day after Christmas, a package arrived at our front door. It was wrapped in brown shipping paper, secured with frayed tine. It looked like it had been through a few mishaps with the post office, but written on the top, under all the stamps and shipping info, was our name and address. Mom... Continue Reading →

Dream Come True

Lily says my dream girl is a total snob. She says Stacey Peaks doesn’t know I exist. I disagree. I mean, yeah, I might only exist in the way a piece of furniture exists in the corner of a room--something to take up space in the backdrop to Stacey’s life--but hey, I'm there. Stacey sits... Continue Reading →

The Salesman

When I’m making sales, I’m jolly and jovial, buying rounds at the bar and laughing with strangers. I slap backs and knock back drinks with those who’ve fallen victim to my charm. I sing along to the songs I’ve known all my life. I nod as the regulars share stories I’ve heard too many times.... Continue Reading →

Love at First Light

I was in a rush, cutting through the lighting section at Home Depot when I saw her. Through the chandeliers and flushed mounts, the recessed fixtures casting a cozy glow to her cheeks, she saw me and smiled. I quickly forgot where I was or what I was doing. I nearly took out a box... Continue Reading →

Thankful – My 200th Post!!!

It rained on Thanksgiving. A cold, driving rain that turned everything dark by three o'clock. Uncle Jim said it didn't much matter to him, he'd planned on sitting on the couch and watching the game either way. He wasn't lying, neither, he stayed put even after we ate when I offered to help Mom clean... Continue Reading →

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